There may be countless of people telling you that age spot is something that should not be bothersome to you – because it is something that comes as we age. But in as much as you want to neglect its appearance, bet you are guilty that you can’t help but stare at it and check it from time to time. We understand that you are just being conscious – you have all the liberty because that is your skin to begin with. Everyone will go through this stage or chances are you are already in it. Aging is something that we cannot control. (How we wish we could) As we age, the skin tends to lose its elasticity, skin cells are losing collagen and its ability to renew on its own is reduced. Age spot or which sometimes referred to as liver spots or solar lentigines, occurs after exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. They appear in brown, black and comes in varieties of sizes. It is common skin concern for adults more than 50 years of age. However, if you love roaming around under the sun and spend some of your me time in tanning beds, the chances of having age spot is pretty high. Melamin the one responsible for giving skin a color, when exposed to lots of UV rays may result to black spots. Everyone is capable of developing dark spots but for those who have fair skin, the odds of developing are likely high.
We got you covered on your skin concern. Here are some of the skincare tips and varieties of ways that could primarily help you in lightening or removing your age spots.
MAKE SPF YOUR BFF
This is perhaps the most overstated skincare advice but yes, this one never gets out of style. Consider this advice your go to advice no matter what skincare concern you have.
Level up your sun safety habits. Consider this the over-the-counter solution to minimize the current age spot appearance and as well as preventing future ones from forming. When choosing a sunscreen, experts highly recommend sunscreens with SPF30 or higher. Reapply based on what is instructed on the packaging.
Consider over the counter fading creams
With continuous research and product development, fading creams that specifically targets lightening and removing age spots are made readily available over the counter. But, Queens! Do not expect and abrupt result. Of course, skincare involves discipline and consistency. If you’d like to give this option a try, these are some of the skincare ingredients to look out for: hydroquinone, glycolic acid, kojic acid, licorice root extract and niacinamide. Two of the most prescribed ingredients in fading cream are: hydroquinone and tretinoin. Just a little bit of reminder about Hydroquinone, this ingredient is generally considered as a gold standard of lightening because it works by slowing down the melanin production. However, according to a board certified plastic surgeon, Anthony Youn, this ingredient tends to be harsher on the skin and may somehow cause irritation. On the other hand, tretinoin is a retinol cream that helps in improving skin texture and reducing the pigmentation.
Topical application may take some time to see visible results. Again, this require consistency and discipline. But if you are up to faster result you may opt to one of the in-clinic consultations and procedures.
According to New Jersey based board-certified dermatologists Dr. Shari Sperling, This process involves applying an acid to the affected area, which then leads to burning the skin’s outer layer to where age spots are camping out. Giving way to a new layer of skin.
There is even a study that supported the efficacy of chemical peels. In a study of comparison between chemical peels and cryotherapy, it was then found out that patients undergoing chemical peels had a 50% age spot lightening while patients undergoing cryotherapy have slightly better and visible results. Apart from that, healing process in chemical peel is way faster that the skin healing in cryotherapy.
Now, having said all these. What are your thoughts about these? What will be your go to solution now for your age spots? We love hearing from you, Queens! For now, we highly suggests you to Become a B&A Insider
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